tv Sen. Bernie Sanders I-VT Where We Go from Here CSPAN July 3, 2018 1:39am-2:38am EDT
extraordinary and distinguished career. in 2016 as a democratic candidate for president of the united states. currently serving second term u.s. senate after winning reelection in 2012 with 71% of the vote. senator sanders previously served as mayor of vermont largest city for eight years before defeating the incumbent republican to become the sole congressperson for the state in the u.s. house of representatives. born right here in brooklyn attending james madison high school and college and the university of chicago the 17 today he is in burlington vermont with his wife jane and has four children and seven grandchildren. senator bernie sanders presidential campaign was the
beginning. not the end and in his new book he speaks about what he has doing to oppose the trump agenda to strengthen the progressive and how we go forward as a nation. in his book titled where we go from here which will be published by an imprint of st. martin's press published on october 30, 2018. please welcome senator bernie sanders. [cheers and applause] ♪ [applause] thank you. thank you very much.
and before i go further that me introduce my wife, the brains of the family. myus wife jane. [applause] and i thank you for the introduction you learn a couple of things. number one the only person in the world who never needs an introduction i don't know if that is good or bad but i never get an introduction and second you know vermont we have one labor -- member of congress and to united states is the only member now i have to share my senate seat but that's okay i took the promotion and will try for a third. [applause]
that let me begin by thanking all love you in the book industry for the work you do. in the world that i live in me communicate by tweet and instagram and when you get really upset we do a facebook post. so thank you for reminding all of that in a complicated world sometimes it takes more than 240 characters or whatever it is to make a point. your work support serious riders with. issues in a time. thank you all very much for what you do. >> the book that i am writing, don't tell the publisher i'm a
little behind. but we are making progress and the theme of the book is not complicated. when i ran for president in 2016 but i called for was not just getting elected but a political revolution and what i then what i say now that we'll change never comes from the top down despite what the media all about one person and if you look at our country whether the union to help create the middle-class right
or the women or game right or the environmental movement none of these succeeded because it was one person who did it al all. and in johnson i voting rights act that millions of people along with martin luther king jr. that demanded we have got to increase his state and open up the polling the 1965 to all people regardless of color. not one woman who made it happen that women got the right note that then and now are fighting for equality with millions of women to stand up to say they will no longer that to be second-class citizens change always come
through grassroots activism people stand up and looked around and say that status will not working makes no space for workers not to collectively negotiate a contract needs no women for women to be paid back it makes nose and the color of their skin cannot attend a rule or vote makes no sense because they love somebody of the same gender they continue to be discriminated against. so after very brave individuals raise the issue and told they were crazy and wrong society came around and
changed so the political revolution is looking at what is happening in america today and asking whether or not we are satisfied with the nation that is moving day by day oligarchy or society where extremely wealthy controlled economic life of my country in the political life. during the campaign we throughout some ideas and we said hey, didn't exactly say hey a left. [laughter] so why is it united states of america is the only major country on earth not to guaranteeth all.
[applause] there were 38 editorial attacking me how do you do that's impossible that the canadians into at the british can do it every major country that somehow we are far more per capita on three or when the cost of prescription drugs is far higher, somehow we cannot pass the medicare for all program? so during the campaign i was told i was extreme, on the fringe nobody believed in that idea but you know what? it turns out a lot of people believed that idea and today
the majority of the american people believe in that idea. [applause] and three years ago when it introduced the medicare for all bill i probablyed had one sponsor. me. now we have 16 answers and cosponsors in the senate and heck of a lot more house 17 and an idea a few years ago to be radical and extreme mobile lot of people are running for office today demanding that healthcare be right expand medicare for every man woman and child changes taking place at the grassroots level. working with wonderful people
and i am with them on saturday called jobs for justice. the dark people who a few years ago also came up with a radical idea so radical i incorporated it into my campaign. that united states of america in the year 2018 if you work 40 hours a week or more you should not be poverty. what a radical idea. [applause] on saturday i'm going to land. i am not going he or donald or any of the rides. i am going to anaheim because an extremely profitable corporation, it is which
recently negotiated a contract with it so worth more than $400 million a few work in an amusement park wages that are so low that many are living in it mom -- in a tent. we have the brilliance businessman who who $275 million every single day. that pays thousands of his workersrs at amazon work in the warehouse wages that are so low they have to go one for dams for medicaid and during
the campaign we raise the issue maybe there is something mentally wrong and immoral with the situation in america where the three of now own more wealth than the bottom half of america that something todayppropriate where 52% of all income goes to the top 1%. all across the starter to scratch their this grotesque level of income with the people on top are doing phenomenal well but at the same time millions and millions of workers in the country are working jobs where
our children if we don't change dynamic will have a lower standard of living or where 40 lane people are in poverty and 120 million people are struggling economically maybe there is something wrong.ng and maybe we should create an economy that works for all of us not just the 1% and then we talked about another idea that certainly have brought before all across the political spectrum that in this nation today we lost many people who have died defending american democracy and so of the
disastrous supreme court decision of american one -- and united now on a handful of billionaires like the koch brothers who were spending in this midterm election for hundred dollars elect candidates to represent the wealthy and powerful all over this country at the grassroots level people say no we will not allow billionaires to buy our democracy we have to overturn and united and to public funding of election one person one vote. [applause] >> we talk about the idea that
seemed very radical it is catching on because it makes. and when i went to school, it was just fine that public education kindergarten through h grade b40 years ago people could be high school get a job and make decent wages into the middle class but as all of you know world has changed in technology has changed him people with the job need higher education so the idea weth propose during the campaign weam should make public colleges and universities tuition free
reduce student debt that seemed radical but today it is an idea affordedid by governors and mayors all over this country we are making progress on that as well. [applause] >> on saturday inur los angeles i will be alongside of people the blackline matter fighting important fights criminal justice reform. [applause] and because of grassroots activism because of blackline matter and other groups he radical changes now in the way people look at criminal
justice. ince philadelphia the progressive district attorney was elected to go and his beief is we should not locking up more people about lowering the number of people are jail he said and in california we are electing district attorneys all over the country to do what they can to lower the jail population. because not only is our criminal justice system broken his recent and also a which initiate people for the crime of being for the crime of being poor_spee17 i literally did not notice until a few months ago. u
there are hundreds of thousands of people in jail today because they cannot afford to pay their bail. there are tens of thousands of other people in jail because they cannotja afford to pay their traffic ticket or some other municipal fine. this takes a back and the librarians here know this, charles dickens and debtors prison. people should not be in jail because they are poor. if harvey weinstein can pay for his bail, then people have a traffic fine should be able to pay for their bail as well.
[applause] that speak about criminal justice but it is because they are poor people all over the country those who are mentally ill are in jail for the crime of being mentally ill or having an addiction and in my view addiction and mental illness are not crimes. they are healthcare issues to deal with with intelligent treatment. over the last ten years talking about justice, million have received criminal records for smoking or having marijuana. we have a criminal controlled
substance act if you can believe it, is that the same schedule one with heroin which is a killer drug and marijuana. . . . . fact that half of the american people have smoked erewhon and what they say the time is now to end this war on drugs which has caused so much pain and destruction in the united states of america. [applause] bottom line is we are spending $80 billion per year at the local state and federal level to lock up fellow americans and makes a lot of serve at him so for progressives when
fast educations and jobs rather than in more jails or incarceration. [applause] the most interesting fact of what is going on in congress right now is the incredible degree to which congress ignores the will of the american people. this gets us back campaign finance reform from the koch brothers they must be paid attention to more than those in your congressional district and i will give you just one
perfect example of that. every american it is almost so hard to talk about it people all over are appalled and disgusted by the gun violence we have seen in schools and elsewhere across this country. and what is so horrible it isn't just the slaughter that we see that all across this country in vermont or new york state kids are going to school and instead of being in a place of safety to focus on studies and socialize with their friends now they worry if their kids come home alive. it is a b couple and hard to
come up with words what goes on when people walk into a school and then some guy gets in loss figures to use a machine gun to mow down dozens of americans and nobody has any magical answers because there are 300 million guns in this country 500 semi automatic weapons and thousands and thousands of people walking the streets today suicidal or homicidal they can't get the mental health treatment for anybody who has a practical solution is not telling you the truth but what we can do is do everything that we can to make sure that guns do not rest in the hands of people who should not have those guns.
and once again this is not a radical idea there differences of opinions to be sure on gun safety legislation the overwhelmingly majority whether a gun owner or not believe that we should improve and expand background checks. 80% of the american people believe that. people believe we should close the gun show loophole where people can walk into a gun show to buy a weapon with no background check. people believe we should end the strongman provision that enables people to do a background check at a gun store business albums to
criminals there is a debate whether or not we should ban assault weapons and i happen to think we should let many people disagree. but in general on that issue of in safety overwhelmingly with broad support conservatives and gun owners they get one organization if the nra says no and we have a congress and the president who will refuse to act someone issue after issue the american people despite what they see on tv is a divided nation we are not on many issues people want to raise the minimum wage or rebuild or pay equity to
women or to make public colleges and universities tuition free and the government that speaks to the needs of middle-class people not just the wealthy. there are issues we are divided on but time and time again what you see in washington and the congress is leadership pulled into special interest and ignoring the needs of working families. . . . .
the book i'm writing is about is what i have been doing, and not just me but what we have been doing since the election. i've been running all over this country. i've been to some 28 states, mostly states by the way that donald trump wants. and with my message in those states is that trump wired to the american people during the campaign when he said he would send with working families. in fact is this administration more than any in the country is loaded with billionaires and extremely wealthy people who are
pushing an agenda that benefits the rich while attacking the middle-class and working families in an almost unprecedented way. you're not defending the working families of west virginia or kentucky or the other states of the country that voted overwhelmingly when you purpose to throw 32 million people off of the health care that they have. [applause] and that is the message that we are getting out. you are not protecting the working families in this country when you campaign on taking on the pharmaceutical industry and yet you end up coming up with an idea that has a solution to the high cost of drugs in this country is to make people all over the world pay more for drugs. making people around the rest of the world pay more lowering
prescription drug costs is the solution and having the guts to take on the pharmaceutical industry is what has to be done. [applause] people across the country are understanding not just about trump wide about what he proposed to do as president. trump said he was going to pass tax reform, which would not benefit the wealthy. a. i should know because the tax bill that was passed gives 83% of the benefits the top 1% over a ten year period.
the ideas that seem radical a few years ago are now mainstre mainstream. [applause] to see more people get involved in the political processes to run for office and get involved in campaigns or just get involved in the political process in general and we are making really good progress there as well. we are making progress in demanding that the democratic party become a 50 state party, not just a part of the west coast and east coast and i can
tell you having been in some states like kansas and kentucky and west virginia, there are incredibly decent people who are prepared to send us to their special interest and progressives to the united states congress and elsewhere. [applause] that is what the revolution is and what i have been doing since the campaign fighting for progressive agenda, doing my best along with organizations all over the country out of my campaign came a group called our revolution which is now headed by a former state senator from cleveland who is doing a great job. nina and i have been all over the country together and what our revolution is doing on the one hand and what i do on the
other hand because legally i cannot be involved in the organization so we do it separately, but we have the same goal and that is involving people in the political process getting the right people to run for candidates. some of you may know that four years ago in 2014 in the midterm elections to republicans won a landslide. we had the lowest voter turnout of any midterm election since world war ii when the soldiers were brought. 37% of the people voted. republicans won a landslide victory. so, what we understand to be true is that when the voter turnout goes up, the progressives are going to win. and the turnout is low, the money and republicans will win.
to get people involved in the political process and to fight against this vicious voter suppression. it creates a very fair election battlefield. to revitalize the american democracy that to me is maybe the most important thing we can do. a progressive agenda would speak to the needs of working people would bring people into the process but we don't pass that agenda unless people come out and vote. so i think what they have to agree with me is that they are
making progress in both accounts, pushing the progressive agenda which is now by and large the agenda of america. you go out and talk to people and ask them if they think that we should give tax breaks to billionaires and cut social security and medicare and medicaid. that is and what we should be doing so we are making a lot of progress that we have a lot more work to do. and if you read the book i will give you some more information. thank you all very much. [applause]
can you join us for a few questions from the audience? i just want to thank you for your powerful remarks. how about one more applause. [applause] we've collected some audience participation questions. they seem so far apart. what is it going to take for the political system t to come backo the civilized discourse and the ability to compromise, cooperate for mutual respect.
>> th >> the first point is indicated a moment ago. it's important to understand. they are right we should raise the minimum wage and build the crumbling infrastructure. they believe in equal pay for equal work for women. they believe in criminal justice reform. 80% -- that is unbelievable. the people that are in the daca
program should be given legal protection and a path for citizenship. we are not divided on gun safety, so the abortion issue, yes the country is divided into there are other issues at the first point i would make is we are not as divided as you think. it's a terrible amount of ugliness in the political process today. it is opposition research. that means everything you've done in your life going back literally.
there would be a 32nd ad attacking you. the antidote to that is to demand a. i will give you a point of view but people dislike my job is not to make you melt into the worst human being in the world to dig up every problem you can't order books for childreworkwith your e have had. and that is the first thing if
you follow campaigns what do you see? somebody said something 20 years ago you don't even know what the view is on the issues. so what we have got to do is demand the candidates talk about the issues that impact the american people. [applause] what do you believe is the biggest challenge facing educators now the three of the the lack of respect for the whole idea of education.
intellectual to the huma the hus fight. every psychologist in the world will tell you that we have a totally dysfunctional pre- k. system in america. think about what it will mean to education in general. there was an affordable high-quality child care and pre- k. education available for their kids. let me say this when i talk about people standing up and fighting back about a political revolution taking place around this country, one of the important areas or issues regarding education that we have seen in the recent years are the teachers and west virginia, kentucky, colorado, standing up
not just for themselves, but for their kids and demanding that their kids have a decent education. you have a lot of kids out there who are right t bright and can o get a higher education. you have many children who today are in the fifth and sixth grade and they know that their families don't have the money to send them to college and they drop out of school to go find -- this is not a radical idea. it exists in countries around the world to say to every child in this country if your kid does
well in school, they will be able to get a higher education regardless of their income. when you do that we are going to say where moms and dads say you can make it into the middle class in college i know how difficult it is. my parents never went to college and then you are a first-generation it isn't easy. every kid in america if he or she does their work well, their financial positions couldn't be an impediment to higher education. [applause] what impact do you anticipate on the economy if the cost of a
college education continues to rise. just think about it for a moment. know how important education is. because most of the new jobs being created require education that was the case 20 or 30 years ago. we just need more education. i believe that it was 20 years ago or so, give or take a few years, where the united states led the world in the percentage of our people who have a college degree. anybody know what place we are in now? tenth place. so not only for the individuals involved who are not going to be able to make it to the middle class because they don't have the higher education they need. it's going to have an impact on
the entire economy. so, for a nation in which the top ten discipline% now owns almost as much wealth as the bottom 90%, a nation in which the congress voted $165 billion increase in military spending over a two-year period, a congress that gave tax breaks to the wealthy and large corporations you know what, i believe we can afford to make sure that every kid in this country has an excellent high-quality education fund pre- k. through college. [applause] >> we now have a question from texas. what is one simple every day thing each of us can do better to better our country's political process?
>> i think we have got to try to break out of our areas of comfort. everybody talks to your friends and agree you can make fun of trump and on and on. but it's hard to have a discourse with folks who don't agree with you and what i've said over and over again and let me repeat it here. i do not believe that with an exception, i don't mean to say that there are not exceptions. i've been to west virginia and i've been to kentucky and i've
talked to families who are strung out on opioids, people who can't find decent jobs and our job is not to put down people because culturally they may be different than we are. the reason trump is in the white house today is for too long the democratic party has turned its facts on those working people. what i meant to say is of course it's racism and sexism and, fovea but the vast majority of the people are simply people that are working hard and are worried to death about their family, they can't afford healthcare or medicine, they can't afford to send their kids to college and they want a government that listens to them and respond to their needs. so to answer the question, we've got to start talking to those
people and treat those people with respect. it's as important as any person in this room and if we are going to go forward as a country we go forward together. [applause] thank you this is just incredible and we have another question here from debbie in washington, d.c.. what do you believe is the best strategy for achieving peace in the world? twelve seconds or less. we worry about this all the ti time. one remembers not so many years ago when the berlin wall went down and when communism faded
away and people said maybe with the demise of communism we can create a common purpose around the world and brings people together. i remember before the iron curtain fell we established in burlington vermont, my wife and i we helped establish a city program and w we've got kids frm russia and the soviet union still existed and i will never forget as long as i live we took the kids out and we did a picnic in the park and use all these kids they were teenagers, they were walking together, having fun together and they are all our supposed enemies, people we are spending millions of dollars in preparation for the nuclear
war. working towards a world of peace isn't easy and it's not going to happen tomorrow, but we have to do the opposite of what trump is doing. we have to understand deep in our hearts that there is a common humanity out there that whether you are black or white, muslim or jew or christian we all have common goals and aspirations and feelings. we have to build on that. if we don't build on things like these people are terrible, they are animals coming into this one is this integrated easy to the rest. we as a planet right now this country is spending $700 billion a year on weapons of mass
destruction and countries around the world are spending a lot of money as well. think about what could happen to this planet if the united states led the world not just in nuclear weapons but bringing food to the hungry education to the kids who can't go to school how people are living out on the streets not just the united states put countries around the world. so, it isn't easy but i think that we cannot continue this attitude of hatefulness. somebody looks different than me, they have a different accent, they are my enemy. let's build on our common humanity and work together to address the crisis of climate change and hunger over the world. [applause] we go from the questions
globally this is from allison and middleton massachusetts and her question is how can we address the second amendment and begin to resolve the problems in schools. kids are turning to home schooling and that does a great disservice to the national public school system. >> i think i touched on that in the second amendment but like everything, the second amendment doesn't mean that if somebody is a murder a mentally unstable that that person should be able to walk into a gun store and buy a gun. very few people believe that. it doesn't mean that you have the right to own a missile launching system in your backyard. and i think there is widespread agreement people do have the right to own guns. some people don't agree with that the vast majorit but the vf
americans including myself a great but as i mentioned before, there are common sense gun safety pieces of legislation and the tie-in is long overdu time e president of the united states and for the public and leadership of congress to stand up against the nra. [applause] what is your advice to young people just getting out of college? >> first of all, it is we are living in tough times.
just meeting a few moments ago where a publisher was telling me that he thought books are doing very well now because people are trying to escape. i wish them well but i hope that is not an ongoing reason why people buy books. i hope we find the reality more appealing than having to run away from it. it is not as depressing as sometimes we are led to believe.
she went to hawaii and alaska. we have a younger generation today which is the least racist, least homophobic generation in the history of the country. [applause] and i go to school which i often do in vermont and sometimes elsewhere and i am amazed how smart these kids are and how decent is qatar so the first advice is to increas and embrace
world for the best values that we hold which is not the hatred and divisiveness, love and compassion bringing people together. and also what i would say to people is think big, not small. don't get yourself trapped in saying i think we can just do this. we are the wealthiest nation in the history of the world. there's nothing that i've discussed today, health care for all, great childcare programs making millions of jobs, rebuilding the crumbling infrastructure, leading the world in transforming our energy system away from fossil fuels to energy efficiency and sustainable energy. that is what the young people can do against their shoulders to the wheel and demand that this nation be a leader in terms
of democracy and in terms of economic, social, racial and environmental justice. there is no end to what they can accomplish. [applause] >> on that inspiring note i want to say i am sure on behalf of everyone here, we can't thank you enough for joining us here for addressing us into bringing us this incredible wisdom. thank you very much. anotheon other hand for senatore sanders. [applause]